At a banquet given during the Taihe reign period (827-35) of Emperor Tang Wenzong 唐文宗 (r. 827-40), a jester mocked Confucius in a variety show performance. The emperor was angered by his irreverence, saying that Confucius had been a teacher from ancient times to the present, and asking how the jester dare to insult him. He ordered him to be thrown out of court.
寒食節，上宴羣臣於「麟德殿」。是日，雜戲人弄孔子 。帝曰：『孔子，古今之師，安得儒瀆？』亟命驅出 。
This is in stark contrast to other Chinese accounts of jesters mocking Confucius with impunity. We’ll share these as they make their way through the pipeline.
Source: `Wenzong ji’ 文宗紀, in Jiu Tang shu 舊唐書 (945), by Liu Xu 劉昫 (887-946), fol. 17, part 2, Ershisi Shiji 二十四史記, Zhang Shenshi 張沈石 and Wu Shuping 吾樹平 (eds) (Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 1980), vol. I, p. 544.
Image credit: Portrait of Confucius by Qiu Ying (1494-1552)